My red and white umbrella casts a meager shadow over the path; puffs of hot dust lift from each footstep as I lengthen my stride across the flat ground. Around the next corner, I finally see the summit of Kunyang Chish East (24,278 feet), another unclimbed peak in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan.
So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go.
In February 2011, in the dead of the Himalayan winter, three of the world’s top climbers made one of the greatest ascents in mountaineering history. But their triumph quickly became a fight for survival as they struggled to get off the peak.
An incredible story of skill, perseverance, and luck.